An Analysis of the Academic Literature on Simulation and Modeling in Health Care

  • S. C. Brailsford
  • P. R. Harper
  • B. Patel
  • M. Pitt
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This article describes a multi-dimensional approach to the classification of the research literature on simulation and modelling in health care. The aim of the study was to analyse the relative frequency of use of a range of operational research modelling approaches in health care, along with the specific domains of application and the level of implementation. Given the vast scale of the health care modelling literature, a novel review methodology was adopted, similar in concept to the approach of stratified sampling. The results provide new insights into the level of activity across many areas of application, highlighting important relationships and pointing to key areas of omission and neglect in the literature. In addition, the approach presented in this article provides a systematic and generic methodology that can be extended to other application domains as well as other types of information source in healthcare modelling.


Academic Literature Review Methodology Physical Science Research Council Health Service Organisation Healthcare Modelling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. C. Brailsford
    • 1
  • P. R. Harper
    • 2
  • B. Patel
    • 1
  • M. Pitt
    • 3
  1. 1.University of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.Cardiff UniversityCardiffUK
  3. 3.Peninsula Medical SchoolExeterUK

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